Alexandra Killewald
Harvard University
Publications 44
#1Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University)H-Index: 15
#2Xiaolin Zhou (Harvard University)
Last.Xiaolin Zhuo (Harvard University)
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Previous research on maternal employment has disproportionately focused on married, college-educated mothers and examined either current employment status or postpartum return to employment. Following the life course perspective, we instead conceptualize maternal careers as long-term life course patterns. Using data from the NLSY79 and optimal matching, we document four common employment patterns of American mothers over the first 18 years of maternity. About two-thirds follow steady patterns, e...
#1Fabian T. Pfeffer (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 12
#2Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University)H-Index: 15
The black-white gap in household wealth is large and well documented. Here, we visualize how this racial wealth gap persists across generations. Animating the flow of individuals between the relative wealth position of parents and their adult children, we show that the disadvantage of black families is a consequence both of wealth inequality in prior generations and race differences in the transmission of wealth positions across generations: Black children both have less wealthy parents on avera...
#1Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University)H-Index: 15
#2Fabian T. PfefferH-Index: 12
Last.Jared N. Schachner (Harvard University)H-Index: 2
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Research on wealth inequality and accumulation and the data upon which it relies have expanded substantially in the twenty-first century. Although the field has experienced rapid growth, conceptual and methodological challenges remain. We begin by discussing two major unresolved methodological concerns facing wealth research: how to address challenges to causal inference posed by wealth's cumulative nature and how to operationalize net worth given its highly skewed distribution. Next, we provide...
#1Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University)H-Index: 15
#2Ian Lundberg (Princeton University)H-Index: 2
Recent research has shown that men’s wages rise more rapidly than expected prior to marriage, but interpretations diverge on whether this indicates selection or a causal effect of anticipating marriage. We seek to adjudicate this debate by bringing together literatures on (1) the male marriage wage premium; (2) selection into marriage based on men’s economic circumstances; and (3) the transition to adulthood, during which both union formation and unusually rapid improvements in work outcomes oft...
#1Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University)H-Index: 15
#2Javier García-Manglano (University of Oxford)H-Index: 4
Abstract Prior research on parenthood effects has typically used single-sex models and estimated average effects. By contrast, we estimate population-level variability in partners' changes in housework hours, paid work hours, occupation traits, and wages after becoming parents, and we explore whether one partner's adjustment offsets or supplements the other's. We find tradeoffs between spouses on paid work adjustments to parenthood, but complementarity in adjustments to housework hours, occupati...
Despite a large literature investigating how spouses’ earnings and division of labor relate to their risk of divorce, findings remain mixed and conclusions elusive. Core unresolved questions are (1) whether marital stability is primarily associated with the economic gains to marriage or with the gendered lens through which spouses’ earnings and employment are interpreted and (2) whether the determinants of marital stability have changed over time. Using data from the 1968 to 2013 waves of the Pa...
#1Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University)H-Index: 15
#2Hope Harvey (Harvard University)H-Index: 2